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In South Africa, young adolescents are being systemically abandoned and the Dutch Reformed Church should aim, due to her presence in each community, to identify the systems that are responsible for that abandonment. Then she should proclaim that these systems are harming young adolescents to the leaders responsible for the systems. Finally, she should engage systemic abandonment itself in order to stem the tide of abandonment.
Through an examination of the world of young South African adolescents via the lens of abandonment it was determined that the situation in the US can inform the South African context. In order to prove that systemic abandonment is at the core of the behavioural problems of young adolescents, the first step was to identify its presence. The second step was to examine how systemic abandonment came to be in South African society. Finally, there was a need to identify measures to curb the effects thereof.
The following excerpt from a local Media consortium indicates the problem:
“Johannesburg – The 18 year old matric pupil who allegedly killed a fellow pupil with a sword on Monday, had envisaged a bloodbath. One of the pupils, Shaun Collins, 17, a Grade 12 pupil at Nic Diederichs Technical High School in Krugersdorp, spoke on Tuesday about how the schoolboy had told him and other friends what he planned to do. Shaun told how he and his group of friends had seen the teenager ‘losing it.’” Leane Du Plessis, Media 24, 20 August 2008.1
Content Reader: Chap Clark, PhD
1 Leane du Plessis, Media 24, August 20, 2008.
Doctor of Ministry
Abandoned children; Church work with teenagers; Church work with youth
Missions and World Christianity
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Landman, Alwyn, "How the Church Can Identify, Proclaim and Engage Abandonment of Young Adolescents in South Africa" (2016). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 238.